Author Talk and Book Signing: Carl Little on Thurs., Sept. 20

Join author and art critic Carl Little at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. as he leads a tour of the Maine coast through its painters, past and present. The talk is prompted by three recent books: Paintings of Portland, co-written with his brother David Little; Philip Frey: Here and Now, co-written with Daniel Kany; and Nature Observed: The Landscapes of Joseph Fiore, to which Little contributed an essay.

Inspired by Portland, Maine, Paintings of Portland features many of the city’s most recognizable buildings, including the Custom House and Portland Head Light, as well as street scenes, the waterfront, and surrounding landscapes.

Philip Frey: Here and Now is the first in-depth look at this Maine landscape painter’s work. Known as a brilliant colorist, Frey paints Maine harbors and islands with a bold palette that captures the light and moods of his home state, from the streets of Ellsworth and Portland to Monhegan and Acadia National Park.

Little will also speak about Joseph Fiore, who studied and taught at Black Mountain College, a progressive art school in Asheville, N.C., in the 1950s before moving to New York City and then to Jefferson, Maine.

Little is the author of more than 25 art books, including Paintings of Maine, The Art of Monhegan Island and The Art of Maine in Winter. He has written books on John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Dahlov Ipcar, Beverly Hallam, Francis Hamabe, Joel Babb, William Irvine, Jeffery Becton, Wendy Turner and Philip Barter. His book Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond won the first John N. Cole Prize from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance in 2012. He edited his brother David Little’s book Art of Katahdin and co-authored Art of Acadia.

Little writes for Art New England, Working Waterfront, Hyperallergic, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors and Ornament. He has helped produce several Maine Masters films, including the award-winning Imber’s Left Hand, and is featured in Richard Estes: My Camera Is My Sketchbook. Little’s poetry has been featured in five anthologies edited by Wesley McNair. He now lives on MDI and is communications manager at the Maine Community Foundation.

Books will be on sale courtesy of Sherman’s Books. For more information on the talk, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or